Violin in winter

The last few weeks of snow have taken there toil on the garden violin…


Violin Developments

Winter is taking its toll on the violin the communal gardens in Woodlawn Court that I put out to seed in the summer… its now down to just the front piece of the body after mysteriously disappearing for a few weeks. The piece is becoming slowly more sculptural and less resembling an instrument. Im fascinated to see if it will survive the winter in any form…

Whats been most interesting so far is that our neighbours who we in keeping with the fragments style of postmodern living we dont really know in any really form, have clearly been taking an interest in the instrument. This is the third time now that the violin seems to have ‘disappeared’ and then reappeared in a different spot out the back. Just how it lost the back, sides and neck we’ll have to keep imagining, probably an overzealous squirrel preparing for winter.


Violin Sculpture in Autumn



The violin intervention project I started in the shared gardens out the back of the flat has been moving along since the summer. The violin is starting to look pretty gnarly, though its in a better state after 4 months out in the wilds of Manchester than i would have imagined, possibly better quality than the “made in China” sticker gave away. Still, I suspect the winter rain and horror will have some interesting effects.

Created a bit of quality neighbourly interaction with the shared environment though which was really the main idea to explore with the instrument. The other being to have a bit of fun with the draconian rules surrounded the usage of the outside areas of the flats (ie. don’t do anything there or we’ll kill you).

Anyway, the violin itself has migrated round the garden a few times, the first time being moved by workmen coppicing the trees who propped it up against a wall and then one of our neighbours taking a shine to the idea strung it up again in a new place where its now pictured. Pleased to say that the wind swirly thing we put out also got one of the neighbours in on the act of adding things to the foliage.

More to come I’m sure.